Iraq’s security forces have dismantled a terrorist group as it was planning to assassinate the most prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the wake of ongoing demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and poor public services, a report says.
Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing Najaf Provincial Governor Luay al-Yassiry, said on Friday that members of the terror outfit actually wanted to kill the revered cleric in the holy city of Najaf, located about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of the capital Baghdad, and had infiltrated the old part of the city for the purpose.
Meanwhile, the correspondent for the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam television news network, Navid Behrouz, reported that the captured terrorists had planned to incite protesters to storm Ayatollah Sistani’s office.
مراسل الميادين نقلاً عن محافظ النجف: مجموعات من المتظاهرين في النجف الأشرف دخلت المدينة القديمة لإسقاط المرجعية pic.twitter.com/eaIdNJ9kIH
— قناة الميادين (@AlMayadeenNews) October 4, 2019